Chairman of the Committee on Defense, George Mulbah
Lower House Ratifies UN Treaty On Small Arms Trade
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, September 18 (LINA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously ratified the ‘Small Arms Trade Treaty’ adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations at a conference in New York in 2013.
It voted Thursday to rectify the treaty during the 5th Day Sitting of the Extraordinary Session of the House following the reading of a report by the Joint Committees on Defense and Judiciary.
The Liberia News Agency (LINA), quoting the report, said the treaty is to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms, the diversion of small arms to unlawful markets or unauthorized end users, and their usage for terroristic purposes.
It noted that illicit small arms trade could lead to warfare among friendly countries and cause international and regional peace insecurity and instability.
Defending the report earlier before the vote, the Chairman of the Committee on Defense, George Mulbah, told his colleagues to ratify the bill because it is in the best interest of the country.
According to him, during a public hearing on the Draft Small Arms Trade Treaty on August 20, 2014, the National Commission on Small Arms disclosed that the United Nations has strongly recommended that the first 50 countries to ratify the Treaty will be given full attention, but did not elaborate.